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Help Installing Main Board on Maytag (GE) Refrigerator

I have a Maytag Refrigerator, French Door, with the freezer on the bottom, and the water dispenser inside. The model number is: MFD2561HES, and the Serial Number is 10419386GL.

The digital display inside is frozen at "0" degrees for the Freezer, and "40" degrees for the refrigerator. None of the buttons operate. A local repair shop wanted $375 for the part, plus labor to replace the main board. Google said there was a better way, and I now have a GE Main Board, Part Number WR55X10942.

The instructions are a little scary, and I am hoping you might please help me.

I can remove the old Main Board and install the new one, that is not a problem - posts here have diagrams, and I've built a few computers in my time, so the card installation looks fine.

The instructions, however, say I need to CUT the "Thermistor" wire of the J1 connector, AND cut a green wire located at the "machine compartment access panel", in a "capacitor board in the plastic housing"- where ever THAT is.

1) First off - I'm confused why a wire needs to be cut, and what in the heck a "Thermistor" is.

2) Second - I have no idea what they mean by "machine compartment access panel" - where is it? How do I find it?

3) Again, I need to cut a wire in the refrigerator interior wiring? Really? Why?

4) Some web sites I found on Google say that I need to PROGRAM MY REFRIGERATOR to tell it that there is a new card, or PROGRAM the new card so it knows what refrigerator it is installed in. Some even reference to reaching under the refrigerator for some sort of card with the "secret" information. I've found no such instruction on this site with reference to these Main Board replacement discussions. Is there something missing?

Here one site that says the Board Must be programmed:

So - I guess I have a curiosity of why I'm cutting perfectly good wires, but really, I just need help verifying that I need to cut the wires, help finding the "machine compartment access cover", help finding the "capacitor board in the plastic housing", and finally I need to know if there is any programing to be done.

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SOURCE: brought the GE WR55X10942 Refrigerator

Yes you will need to cut the wire the directions states all bottom freezer models and models with certain serial numbers... But you will not need to do other modifications specifically for bottom freezer only models.

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